Dragon-Slaying Takes Time: The Complex Process of Ending Gerrymandering After the Passage of Proposition 2
From Benjamin Richards on December 9th, 2019
Kevin Deegan-Krause is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His research focuses on political parties, and he is currently completing a book on new political parties in Europe. His community engagement focuses on local governance, and he has served on Ferndale’s library and school boards. His professional and civic interests intersect in his active volunteering for Voters Not Politicians which in 2018 ensured the passage of Proposition 2 against Gerrymandering.
Speaker’s Synopsis: In 2018 Michigan made history with its 61% vote for an Independent Redistricting Commission to end the Gerrymandering that caused legislative district boundaries to serve partisan interests. But much remains to be done. We will review the problem of Gerrymandering and the amendment in Proposition 2 designed to stop it. We will also discuss the implementation of the provisions in Proposition 2, including the impact of recent lawsuits challenging them, how the new citizen redistricting commission will operate and why every OLLI member should apply to be in the pool of citizens from which its membership will be drawn.